Knights still have Warriors' number in rout

September 16, 2006|by TIM KOELBLE

MIDDLETOWN, Md. - No matter the quality level of a Boonsboro football team year in and year out, one thing has been fairly certain when the Warriors play Middletown in football.

A noose seems to be around the Warriors' proverbial necks.

It didn't take long for Middletown to take total control of the 30th meeting between the two schools. In a matter of seconds following the opening kickoff, the Knights were well on their way to a 49-0 pasting of the No. 3 Warriors, their 28th victory in the series.

"I really don't know what it is when we play (Middletown)," said Boonsboro coach Clayton Anders.

Middletown (1-1) kicked off and Boonsboro's Matt Wetzel had to chase down the ball and, when he grabbed it, he was swarmed at the 5-yard line. Following a 9-yard sack of quarterback John Shobe, a shanked punt of 13 yards from the end zone gave Middletown its first possession, and Jimmy Hargett finished the drive by scoring from the 3 to begin the rout.


"That first series was the turning point of the game right away," said Anders.

After Boonsboro's next possession stalled, the Knights had only 51 yards to navigate. That drive culminated when quarterback Kevin Linehan hit Jim McCarrick with a perfect pass from 21 yards.

In fact, Boonsboro's went three-and-out on its first four possessions, and the fifth and sixth ended with interceptions. Near the end of the first half, Boonsboro reached Middletown territory for the first time, getting to the 35 before Strobe was sacked for a 10-yard loss on fourth down.

Middletown capitalized on both interceptions, as Juris Eyler scored on a 5-yard run and a 4-yard pass from backup quarterback Rob Michels. A third score - Michels' 25-yard pass to Brandon Kline - followed a Boonsboro pass interference call.

"We were beaten in every phase of the game ... special teams, offense and defense," said Anders.

With a running clock in place to begin the second half, Middletown backed off its passing game, which completed 7-of-10 passes for 104 yards in the first half.

On the ground, the Knights could not be stopped, and in the fourth period they scored on a 45-yard run by Richard Freysz and a 55-yard gallop by Justin Riggs.

Things could have even been worse for Boonsboro. The Knights had two touchdowns called back.

Ryan McLean had 48 of Boonsboro's 55 net yards on the ground on 12 carries. As a team, Middletown ripped the Boonsboro defense for 351 total yards.

"As a group, I thought we were ready to play," said Anders. "We expected to come here and compete. Now, we'll see how next week becomes a measuring stick by the way they come back."

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